Man, woman charged with drug-traf­fick­ing

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Berks County De­tec­tives have ar­rested two Ex­eter Town­ship res­i­dents who were al­legedly in­volved in a drug-traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tion in the town­ship.

James Ed­ward King, 42, and Nikki Rae Swisher, 23, have been charged after town­ship po­lice launched a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion with the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Drug Task Force and the Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice vice units into drug ac­tiv­ity in Berks and Lan­caster coun­ties, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the Berks County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Au­thor­i­ties seized drugs val­ued at more than $250,000 as well as weapons, cash and body ar­mor.

Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, of- fi­cers learned that King and Swisher were traf­fick­ing sub­stan­tial amounts of co­caine, heroin, metham­phetamine, mar­i­juana and pre­scrip­tion drugs through­out Berks and Lan­caster coun­ties, po­lice said. The pair based their op­er­a­tion out of their home at 198 Old Friedens­burg Road.

On April 18, Berks County de-

tec­tives ob­tained a search war­rant for the res­i­dence and on Wed­nes­day, April 19, de­tec­tives ob­served King and Swisher leave the home driv­ing a sil­ver Chevro­let Equinox head­ing to­ward Lan­caster County. At 10: 45 a.m., the two ar­rived at the 2800 block of Main Street in Mor­gan­town, at which time they were ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent, po­lice said.

Au­thor­i­ties said Swisher

and King were in pos­ses­sion of 280 grams of metham­phetamine worth $28,000, 16 grams of co­caine worth $640, 12 grams of heroin worth $3,600, 24 grams of mar­i­juana worth $480 and over $3,700 in cash be­lieved to be from pre­vi­ous drug sales.

De­tec­tives served the search war­rant ob­tained for the res­i­dence and ad­di­tion­ally found 246.5 grams of metham­phetamine, 74 grams of heroin, 55 grams of co­caine, 22 grams of mar­i­juana, 57 Xanax pills, 18 eight mil­ligram subox­one strips, a dig­i­tal gram

scale, $5,000 in cash, doc­u­ments per­tain­ing to King and Swisher and other drug para­pher­na­lia.

Berks County De­tec­tives then ob­tained an­other search war­rant for a stor­age unit on Mor­gan­town Road, Read­ing. Po­lice say in the stor­age unit they found 450 grams of metham­phetamine, 310 grams of heroin, 360 grams of mar­i­juana, $10,000 in cash, a 12-gauge sawed off shot­gun, a .22-cal­iber ri­fle, two 12-gauge shot­guns, a Body Ar­mor bal­lis­tic vest, a 12-gauge shot­gun and .22- cal­iber am­mu­ni­tions and drug para­pher-

na­lia.

King and Swisher were trans­ported to the Lan­caster County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment for pro­cess­ing. They have been charged with pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver, pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia, crim­i­nal con­spir­acy, per­sons not to pos­sess a firearm, un­law­ful body ar­mor and pro­hib­ited of­fen­sive weapon.

They were ar­raigned be­fore Dis­trict Judge Ray­mond S. Sheller of Lan­caster County. They were un­able to post the set $500,000 bail and are be­ing held at Lan­caster County

Nikki Swisher James E. King

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BERKS COUNTY DIS­TRICT AT­TOR­NEY’S OF­FICE

Po­lice un­cov­ered sev­eral weapons and a large amount of drugs after serv­ing search war­rants at a home on Old Friedens­burg Road as well as a stor­age unit.

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